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Thirsty Thursday: When Vodka Gets Weird

Peanut Butter and Jelly Vodka

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.

When I heard that Van Gogh Vodka was launching a peanut butter and jelly-flavored vodka, I was surprised to find out that, well, I wasn’t really surprised at all. The concept alone should have been cringe-worthy, but I barely flinched, even with a description like this:

“While the fragrance is predominantly of peanuts, it is complemented by the fresh fruit aroma of the raspberry.  On the tongue, the roles are reversed and the raspberry flavor is more of the focal point, giving it a velvety texture with a hint of vanilla on the side.”

Why wasn’t I surprised? Because sipping on spiked PB & J doesn’t sound as strange when you consider that marshmallow, cookie dough and whipped cream-flavored vodkas already exist. On the current trajectory, I wouldn’t even be surprised if the whole cupcake craze found its way into a… wait, that already happened? Sounds like it’s about time we surveyed the further reaches of today’s flavored vodka landscape. Below, our top 5 outrageous finds.

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Pairing Wines with Takeout Favorites

Wines to Pair with Take Out

Foie gras and French dessert wines might make for wonderful duos, but when’s the last time you had either outside of a fancy restaurant? The problem with most wine pairings is their inaccessibility — the wines tend to be too expensive for casual consuming, and the foods aren’t exactly ones eaten regularly. What would be really helpful is knowing how to pair wine with foods eaten more casually — like, say, takeout favorites.

The wine gurus at Lot 18, an online wine marketplace, held an informal and refreshingly accessible wine pairing event for their favorite takeout foods. Held not at an uppity restaurant or sprawling estate, but at a long wooden table in a meeting room at their offices in Manhattan, the laid-back affair put forth a handful of interesting and useful recommendations:

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Thirsty Thursday: Dulce De Leche Coffee Cocktail

Dulce de Leche Coffee Cocktail

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too.

Last week we shared Alie and Georgia’s quirky Peanut Butter and Jealous Cocktail; this week we’re back with a sip suited for winter’s chill.

Dulce de leche is not-so-secretly one of our favorite Latin flavors. Coveted for its silky texture, sweet taste and starring role in indulgent desserts (like these cookie sandwiches), it’s the perfect remedy for sweet tooths and stress-filled days.  But rather than digging into a syrup-topped sundae, get your fix with a dulce de leche-infused drink. Made with rich coffee and espresso liqueur, thickened with half and half and balanced with agave nectar and vanilla citrus liqueur, the Dulce de Leche Coffee Cocktail is exactly the sort of sip you want to savor this time of year.

Bottoms up, folks.

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Thirsty Thursday: 4 Super Bowl-Inspired Cocktails

Super Bowl Cocktail recipes

From left to right: The Brady Bomb, The Manning Special, The Gronk and The Big Blue (in the tall martini glass).

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too.

Last week we shared a recipe for a A Beer and a Ball; this week we’re teaming up with Wine Director Anjoleena Griffin-Holst of the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa to get you ready for the Super Bowl with not one, two or three… but four new drink recipes inspired by Sunday’s showdown.

Starting with a variation on the classic Manhattan cocktail, a blueberry garnish and splash of vermouth help round off The Big Blue, an ode to the Giants franchise and their decorated history. Or opt for The Manning Special instead, inspired by the Giant’s quarterback and his cool, calm and collected demeanor. If you’re rooting for the Patriots, try The Brady Bomb, an explosive and game-changing cocktail made with cherry vodka, Red Bull energy drink and grenadine syrup, or go for The Gronk, named after their prolific tight end and towering with tequila, white creme de cacao, blue curacao and cream.

So make your picks and pour your drinks. It’ll be hard to go wrong with these tasty sips — especially if you give in and go for all four. Bottoms up, folks.

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Thirsty Thursday: Brown Butter Old Fashioned Cocktail

Brown Butter Old Fashioned

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too.

Last week we shared a recipe for Alie and Georgia’s quirky-cool Drunken Donuts Cocktail; this week we’re back with something a bit more traditional.

Dating all the way back to the early 1880s, the Old Fashioned has become such a classic cocktail it’s even inspired the creation of a corresponding Old Fashioned glass. Centered around smoky bourbon, bitters and an aromatic citrus rind, its orange-kissed hue exudes elegance.

Building off the cocktail’s classy base, this recipe includes brown butter-infused bourbon and maraschino liqueur, a duo of delicious flavors that work beautifully with the bitters and citrus. But be warned: once you’ve sipped on the Brown Butter Old Fashioned, drinking any other variant may never prove as satisfying. Bottoms up, folks.

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Thirsty Thursday: The Drunken Donuts Cocktail

Drunken Donuts Cocktail

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too.

Last week we shared a recipe for our Silk Sheets Cocktail; this week we’re back with something even edgier.

All this nippy weather has us pining for warmer days, too, but rather than resent the heavy sweaters and itchy scarfs, embrace the cold by coddling a drink that truly embodies the season. With espresso vodka and coffee liqueur, Alie and Georgia’s Drunken Donuts Cocktail isn’t only exactly what you’ll want, it’s exactly the sort of concoction you’ll need this time of year. Sweet, boozy and supped up with a donut for garnish, don’t be surprised if you find yourself reaching for a few more round guys to dunk in. Bottoms up, folks. 

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Thirsty Thursday: Sink Into a Silk Sheets Cocktail

Silk Sheets Cocktail

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too.

Last week we shared a recipe for our Sparkling Wine Sangria Cocktail; this week we’re back with another refreshing sip for you to savor.

When unusual pairings come together in perfect harmony it’s nearly impossible not to get excited. And that’s exactly what makes the Silk Sheets Cocktail so intriguing. With strawberries, balsamic vinegar and gin as its base, the sweet and tangy sip affords an exotic experience, even before a luxurious coat of St. Germain foam is added over the top. Ideal after a long day, it’s just as refreshing when sipped on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Bottoms up, folks.

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Thirsty Thursday: Sparkling Wine Sangria Cocktail

Sparkling Wine Sangria

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too.

Last week we shared a recipe for our Prosecco Gold Rush Cocktail; this week we’re back with another bubbly-based concoction to ring in the new year.

When the clock strikes midnight, you can toast with the usual champagne or, better yet, try something new. Raise a glass of sweet, peach-infused sangria made with Cava, a Spanish sparkling wine. A celebration of all things festive, the Sparkling Wine Sangria combines two classic cocktails into one “ooo” and “ahh”-inspiring sip. Bottoms up, folks. 

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Thirsty Thursday: Prosecco Gold Rush Cocktail

Prosecco Gold Rush

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too.

Last week we got things going with a Christmas Spirit Cocktail; this week we’re gearing up for the holidays with a bubbly-based concoction.

Hanukkah has begun and Christmas is just around the corner, and all that means is if you haven’t yet cracked a bottle of something, anything, you’re already a bit behind. Rather than resorting to the usual sparkling wine this year, spruce it up with a dash of spice and extra kick of alcohol. The Prosecco Gold Rush is precisely the sort of sip we’re talking about, with cinnamon schnapps and chilled vodka to complement the sweet bubbly. It’s a festive drink, and what better week than this to celebrate. Bottoms up, folks.

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Thirsty Thursday: Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Spirit Cocktail

Christmas Spirit Cocktail

It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. Last time we toasted with a Ginger Cranberry Cocktail; this week we’re back with something even better suited for the holidays.

Festive little guys, few foods pack as much holiday cheer as pomegranate seeds. Each bite bursts with sweet pomegranate juice — bright red and beaming — imbuing dishes and drinks with a distinctly Christmas-time feel. It’s no wonder then that Jamie Oliver chose them to star in his Christmas Spirit Cocktail. Simple and easy, all it takes is ice cold tequila (preferably silver), a frosty (shot) glass and a handful of pomegranate seeds. Just make sure you’ve crunched the pomegranate seeds before downing your drink. Bottoms up, folks.

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